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Babe Ciarlo: Excerpts
Babe Ciarlo: Excerpts
Babe Ciarlo: Letters home
Samples of letters home written by Babe Ciarlo
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May 9, 1943

Dear Vic:
We are listening to the Lucky Strike program and Frank Sinatra is singing, "Let's Get Lost," and what a voice he's got.

Tell Mom not to worry about me because I will be home soon enough. I am calling Mom to give her Mother's day greetings. I will have to wait five or six hours for the call to go through but it is worth it.

From now until I get through with my basic training I will be pretty busy so if Mom doesn't hear from me for a few days you explain to her that I am alright, but just busy.

Love, Babe

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[September 14, 1943]
[Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia]

Dearest Mom and Family:
I am feeling fine and I hope to hear the same from all of you, always. I am at Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia. I would have called you up, but there are no public telephones at the camp. I feel bad because I didn't call Mom up, but I thought for sure that I would go to N.Y. or Massachusetts. I would have done anything in the world to be home that weekend. From here I don't know where we are going and when we are going, but I am almost positive it is overseas. There is nothing to worry about because I will not see action for a long time and the war will be over soon.

Love, Babe

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[September 27, 1943"¦]

Dear Mom and Family
I know you didn't receive mail from me for over a week, but circumstances prevented me from writing to you. Yes, that's right, I took a little boat ride and I didn't even get seasick. Well, I suppose you're wondering where I am. I think if I wouldn't tell you, you would never guess it. Okay, I'll tell you because I know you will want to know in the worst way. I am somewhere in North Africa. Surprised? Well, I am too, but I am very safe, so don't worry.

Love, Babe

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October 20, 1943

I know I haven't written to you for a long time and I hope you understand the army has been keeping me pretty busy. I suppose you have been keeping up with the news lately and by the way we are beating the Germans, the war won't last much longer.

Eddie and I are dying for some nice raviolis and I don't think it will be long before we get them.

Will you please send me mom's brother's address in your next letter?

Love, Babe

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[November 17, 1943]

The reason why I didn't write is because I don't have much to say and I am a little lazy. I hope you have a good time over the holidays and I hope you eat up at Mom's house for Christmas so that Mom might be happier.

Your loving brother, always.
Babe

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January 1, 1944

Dearest [Tony] Vic and the babies!
I am feeling fine and I hope to hear the same from you always. I didn't write sooner because I was very busy and there was no mail service where I was. I had a big turkey dinner for New Year's and it was very good.

Don't worry about me.

Love, Babe
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Feb 16 1944

Dearest Tony and Vic:
I am in the best of health and I hope to hear the same from you and the babies always"¦. I think of youse always even though I don't write as often as I should. I could just picture us all sitting down together eating talking and enjoying ourselves as soon as this war is over and that won't be long now"¦ Don't worry about writing to me because Olga does a very good job writing"¦Between me and you my little girlfriend is going to be mom for quite a few years after I get home to make up for lost time"¦Take good care of mom for me and I will send you a souvenir from Italy as soon as I get the chance"¦I guess I have said enough for one day, so give my love to Mom, Teresa, Olga, Tommy, Donna, Thomas, Jr. and give my regards to all the relatives and friends"¦

Your loving brother always, Babe

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March 4 1944

Dear Sis:
I am feeling fine and I hope to hear the same from you always. I'm hoping that you aren't working too hard and not too many hours a week. [You know this is leap year and here I am so far away and not getting a chance to let the girls spend their money on me for a while. The girls in Italy don't know what leap year is.] Well Sis, how is 1944 treating you? This is the year that tells the story about this war and boy will I be glad to get home. I hope you're still taking good care of mom yet, because all of this I'm going through is because I want to find you all healthy and happy when I get home"¦Well kid, I guess I've said enough for one day, so until the next time, take good care of yourself and give my love to everybody and a big kiss for all the babies.

Babe

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March 20 1944

Dear Dom and Theresa:
I am in the very best of health and hope to hear the same from "¦you "¦always"¦.I received quite a few letters from you and I enjoy reading them very much. I'm sorry I can't write letters as interesting as yours, but what can you expect from a dumb guy like me?.. I sent a money order to mom to get the babies and everybody else a little gift for Easter"¦make sure you"¦get some plants for the parlor and "¦ most important of all bring a plant up to the cemetery to my father's grave.
Well, "¦ take care of yourselves,

Love, Babe

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March 22 1944

Dear Tony and Vic:
I am in the very best of health and hope to hear the same from "¦you "¦always. "¦Well today is the second day of spring and the weather here is proving it too"¦ I heard everybody was worried about me for a while, because you haven't heard from me, but you should know better than that. You know nothing will happen to me"¦.Well, I have more writing to do so until next time, all my love to you, Tony and the babies, always,

Love, Babe

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March 27, 1944

Dear Tony & Vic:
I am in the very best of health and I hope to hear the same from you and the babies always"¦ I just got through with chow"¦and I was wondering if you, Tony and the babies would have dinner with Mom Easter, because you know that last year on the Tuesday before Easter I left for the army, and you know how mom felt, and it will make me feel good to know that you had dinner with mom, and don't forget, I don't want the same thing to happen again, because I'm alright and happy. We are having beautiful weather here and I hope it is the same way there, so you could take the babies out every afternoon.

Always, Babe

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April 14 , 1944
I am in the very best of health and I hope to hear the same from all of you always. Well, things here are moving pretty smooth and the only thing I do is eat and sleep and if I keep it up much longer I'll be like a barrel. Well, take care of yourselves and keep those stoves roaring because I'll be doing a lot of eating when I get home.

Love, Babe

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April 30, 1944

Dear Mom and Family:
This afternoon I might go swimming in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The salt water will do me good.

Last night I received about ten letters.

I'm glad to hear that the house was filled with flowers for Mother's Day and that you all got a gift for Mom. Don't worry about my money situation, because there isn't anything to spend it on here in Anzio.

Well, I had my dinner and guess what, I had "“ pork chops, about a dozen of them. I'm getting to be a chow hound.

Love, Babe

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May 9, 1944

I'm glad that you are going down to the beach with the babies and I hope Mom goes down with you because it'll do all of you good. I won't be with you this year, but I'll guarantee you I'll be there next summer. That's a date.

I'm all right. Nothing ever happens here. I guess it's like Waterbury, dead.

Love, Babe

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May 17, 1944

I figured out just what I'm going to do after the war and when I get home. I'm going to loaf for a while and then I'm going to work and the next spring I'm going to get a car, not bad, eh?

Babe

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May 19, 1944

I am in the very best of health and I hope to hear the same from all of you always. Today we had a little rain, but it wasn't bad at all, because it cooled us off. We had beer again today and I gave my share to the fellas, because I don't like beer.

Mom, how are you getting along, fine I hope and keeping happy always. I'm doing good, and always happy, because I know you're okay.

Love, Babe